Lake Norman & Mooresville

Supporter of veterans plans benefit tournament

Coming from a family filled with military veterans, Bryan Holliday is a self-described supporter of U.S. veterans.

One of his grandfathers died in the Korean War, his father-in-law saw combat in Vietnam and his father and brother served in the Army.

Holliday's desire to give back was spurred by the participation of Kate Holliday, his wife of four years, in the Bark for Life charity event earlier this year.

Holliday, who owns Chem Tech Industrial Supplies, decided to help local veterans.

After doing some research, Holliday decided to help the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla., dedicated to helping injured service members.

Once he contacted the charity in March to see how he could help, Holliday, who lives in Mooresville's Muirfield community, learned the Mooresville area didn't have a charity golf tournament for WWP.

Holliday, 43, has been a golfing enthusiast for 20 years.

Since he previously had planned golf tournaments for past employers and his homeowners association, he considered himself well-suited to organizing one for WWP.

Holliday will be hosting his Tee Up for a Veteran charity tournament Oct. 8 at Warrior Golf Club in China Grove. He chose Warrior Golf Club, he said, because he considers it a high-quality course that's easy to play. In addition, he's worked with the staff on other tournaments; the name is just an added bonus.

The tournament style will be Captains' Choice, in which the captain of each foursome will choose the best shot, and all team-members will hit from that spot.

Holliday is hoping for about 130 participants and is trying to raise $12,000 for WWP. The $100 entry fee includes cart and greens fees, lunch, door prizes and a gift bag.

Holliday said he believes by participating in this charity tournament, "people will really get their money's worth."

"You don't have to be a good golfer, you can just go out and have fun," he said.